Meditation Monday

Welcome  Are you still recovering from your Thanksgiving feast-o-rama?  Do holidays sometimes leaving you feeling stressed and worn out?  Then today is the perfect day for “Meditation Monday!”  Let me share a little from my own personal experiences with meditation these past few months.  And, I decided that we may all still be a little “full” from our holiday indulgences last week, so today, instead of a recipe I’m going to share a DIY project.  I’m going to share a Sugar Scrub project that is perfect for relaxation or gifting.   Note–I may receive a small compensation from affiliate links found on this blog post.  For additional information, please see my Terms and Disclosure page.

Food For Thought  I encourage you to think about giving meditation a try.  Yes, I am a Christian.  No, I am not trying to embrace a Buddhist spiritual lifestyle.  But the benefits of the act of meditating can be quite beneficial, for everyone.  I started meditation about 6 months ago, but didn’t really start to feel the benefits of it until a couple of month ago.  My practice is simple.  I don’t get in some crazy uncomfortable position or listen to bells and chimes, although I have music for meditation that I don’t mind.  I do usually have a mantra because I have found it helps me keep my focus and prevent straying thoughts.  I also don’t spend hours a day doing this activity.  Most days are around 5 minutes.  Some days are 20-30.  I let the experience guide my time frame.  I have noticed the biggest impact on my thought processes.  By selecting a positive mantra, my mind begins to focus on the positive, pushing the negative thoughts to the back of my mind while the positive stays in the foreground.  For someone who has battled depression and anxiety most of my adult life, this is an extremely beneficial practice.

So what exactly is meditation?  The act or practice of meditating is to think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.  That’s a pretty broad description, but it should put your mind at ease regarding the simplicity of the practice.  You don’t have to chant, you can just sit quietly.  It doesn’t have to be about a religious or spiritual practice, it can simply be used to reduce stress or relax your body and mind.  Who couldn’t benefit from some of that?

So what does this have to do with scripture or following God’s direction?  Well, interestingly enough, the word meditate or meditation appears in the King James version of the Bible at least 20 times.  Meditation has been around for a long time and doesn’t necessarily have to be the image so many of us picture when we here the word “meditate.”  If you looked closely at the definition I gave above it is about the deep thinking and focus of the mind for a period of time.  I don’t know about you, but personally I could say that I meditate every Sunday during Communion.  During that time of worship I focus my mind on the sacrifice and love of Jesus Christ my Savior.  And I’m sitting right there in church and no one is being disturbed by bells and chimes or chants.  So, in addition to calming and relaxing our bodies, I believe meditation can take us deeper in our communication with God.  I once saw a quote that said, “Prayer is speaking to God.  Meditation is listening to God.”  And according to the book 8 Minute Meditation, “Meditation is allowing what is.”  Sometimes my meditation brings me into a better place and mindset to receive God’s instruction and wisdom.  I can think clearer about what my next steps should be.  I often find it helpful to meditate before doing my daily devotion time with God, so that my mind can be calm and focused.  Even though we often associate meditation with eastern cultures and practices, I find it fits nicely in my modern Christian world.  If you haven’t had a chance to give it a try, I encourage you to do so, and a great place to start is with the book 8 Minute Meditation by Victor Davich.  This book is very straight forward and is not biased in trying to convert you to another faith or belief.

Suggested Reading  (links verified 11/27/17 at 9:40 a.m., CST):

Today’s Scripture  I want to share some of the verses from scripture that use the word meditate or meditation.  Contemplate on what you think the verse means, based on what you learned about the word from above.  Can you find other places where the word meditate or meditation is used?

Psalm 1:1-3 “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.”

Psalm 19:14  “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

Psalm 104:34 “Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; As for me, I shall be glad in the LORD.”

Psalm 143:5 “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your doings; I muse on the work of Your hands.”

Today’s DIY Project  You can bring a little calm and peace into your life with some amazing aromatherapy products, and you can even make some right at home!  Here are a couple of Salt & Sugar Scrubs I made this weekend.  They are perfect for yourself, or for gifting.  I like to put one or two in a basket with some new washcloths, towels, loofahs, and a candle for a homemade spa basket.  I found the sugar and salt base pre-mixed at Hobby Lobby.  The ingredients are simply Himalayan Pink Salt and Sucrose (sugar.)  Most craft stores now have a full department for making your own soaps, scrubs, lotions, and lip glosses!

sugar and salt scrubs
I made a lavender scrub and a peppermint scrub, but you can use the aromatherapy oils that suit your preferences.

I used 16 oz bottles with screw lids.  You must have a lid that shuts tightly to keep out moisture.  For each 16 oz. jar, I needed a 1 pound tub of sugar and salt scrub base.  You can certainly make smaller bottles of scrub and your 1 lb. tub of base will stretch farther.  My directions make 16 ounces of each type of scrub.

Lavender Luxury Sugar and Salt Scrub

  • 1 lb tub (about 2 cups) of sugar and salt scrub base (available in most craft stores)
  • 2/3 cup Grapeseed oil
  • 6 drops Lavender aromatherapy oil
  • 4 drops red coloring for soaps
  • 10 drops blue coloring for soaps

Combine all ingredients in plastic bowl until oils and colorings are mixed in well.  Spoon into jar, screw lid on tight, add label or other decorations.

Peppermint Pick-Me-Up Sugar and Salt Scrub

  • 1 lb tub (about 2 cups) of sugar and salt scrub base
  • 2/3 cup Grapeseed oil
  • 4 drops Peppermint aromatherapy oil
  • 4 drops red coloring for soaps

Combine all ingredients in plastic bowl until oils and coloring are mixed well.  Spoon into jar, screw lid on tight, add label or other directions.

Additional products that you may find helpful (links verified 11/27/17 at 10:00 a.m., CST):